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This page contains details of many of the staff and people involved with the WC&P Railway.
The information below is mostly gleaned from the books listed on the Books page.
Items marked * are listed in Colin Maggs’ book as staff in 1925.
John Francis Ranald Daniel - Secretary of WCPT and Managing Director of the WCPLR until 1911 before Col Stephens. Born 1829. Died 1918.
W H Austen - see History
George S Newton - General Manager from 1903 to 1911
Spencer Gore-Browne - Chairman of WCPLR 1907
The following staff are listed in surname order:
S Badman - Permanent Way staff *
Edward Baker - Fireman
Arthur Barnes - Driver *
Frank Beere - Portishead station master (in 1912 photo) * later Station Manager, Clevedon
Tom Bennett - Driver
J Brooks - Permanent Way staff *
E C (Dan) Carey - Guard - started in 1923 and left 1927 then joined GWR * - son is Howard Carey
Charles Coles - Driver until the General Strike in 1926 - see also Memories *
J Cooper - Permanent Way staff *
Bill Cullen - Conductor (in 1911 photo)
E Day - Crossing Keeper, Clevedon *
H Davey - Guard 1907
F Denmead - Permanent Way *
J Dimond - Permanent Way staff *
James Elford - Fireman
Edward Evans - Driver
Horace Ford - Guard
Tom Gatford - Driver until closure. Drove last train. Formerly on Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway.
G Gooding - Permanent Way staff Worle *
Arthur J Grundy - Manager of Clevedon headquarters *
Gordon Grundy - Station Agent Clevedon *
Sidney Grundy - Station Agent Clevedon * later Portishead
George Hancock - Fireman then Driver (in 1897 and 1905 photo)
A Halliday - Driver *
Tom Hedger - Fireman * later Driver
Alf Hill - Chief Fitter
Alf Hill - Fitter (son of Alf Hill)
Fred Hill - Fitter (son of Alf Hill)
J Hodges - Station Master Weston-super-Mare 1907
Arthur Jenkins - Railcar Conductor *
John (Jack) R Jones - Driver at opening of railway (ex GWR)
John Maize - Driver
George Morgan - Driver of the railcar
Stan Plumley - Day cleaner (later Fireman) * (See Magazines- Tenterden Terrier)
William Preston - Fireman (in 1898 photo) , later Driver
Florence Radford - Station Mistress at Worle *
A Ralph - Carpenter *
F Read - Night Cleaner *
Jack H Riddick - Guard for about 20 years. Joined railway in 1914 *
J Robbins - Permanent Way Portishead *
Albert Sharpe - Fireman * later Driver
O Simonds - Permanent Way *
Joseph Sperring - Crossing Keeper, Worle
William C Stone - Guard
R Surtees - Station Master, Weston Super Mare *
A Taylor - Permanent Way *
F Thomas - Permanent Way staff *
Charles Toomey - Porter, Clevedon *
James Vowles - Permanent Way Staff *
Vic Ware - Station Agent at Portishead. Nephew of Frank Beere. Died 3 February 2010.
F Warren - Porter, Portishead *
William Whitting - Conductor 1907 later Driver
Edward R Wintour - Traffic Manager and Loco Superintendent 1897 to 1903
Bert Woodland - Fitter’s Mate * later Driver
More details to come ... if you have any knowledge of any staff please let us know. Contact ...
Do you have any information about James Henry Sprod or his father Henry Sprod both of whom are believed to have been ‘car-men’ on the railway? James is said to be a guard who knew the timetables by heart.
It is likely that these two men worked on the railway in the early years.
If you have any information please contact me. Thanks. Paul Gregory